Mission Devotional - October 22, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Opening Prayer: O my God, teach me to seek you, for I cannot seek you unless you teach me, or find you unless you show yourself to me. Let me seek you in my desire, and desire you in my seeking. Let me find you by loving you, let me love you when I find you. - St. Anselm of Canterbury

Scripture: Matthew 6:31-33

Journal: What are you seeking first in your life right now? What is the fruit of that? What would it look like to seek God first?

Reflection: I don't know about you, but it is so easy for me to get derailed from "seek first his kingdom and his righteousness." It takes so very little for "all these things" to creep in and begin to take control of my heart in a way that it determines the mood and direction of my life. No wonder I worry. I'm pretty sure the answer to this dilemma is prayer, whatever that may look like. I must learn how to make prayer the default mode of my soul, rather than activity, effort, and anxiety. For God is continually calling me - calling us - to seek him first.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Bobby and Teresa LaDage are working with Redeemer City to City (the church planting arm of Redeemer Church in NYC) envisioning, equipping, and mentoring church planters and their wives in order to see gospel-centered churches reach the major cities of Eastern and Central Europe. They are also now serving as European Regional Leaders for United World Mission. Pray today for two men have been prepared to start a training center in Warsaw, Poland. Pray for other men and women from Poland will eventually be trained here to start new churches. Cedar Springs gave the funds for this project.

World Horizons is a network of people, joined together by relationship and a common goal of reaching the unreached. Pray today for the work of all the people partnering with World Horizons around the world.

Closing Prayer: O Lord, my God, may I (may we) seek you first this day! Amen.